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MCB Peer Advising Interns

MCB Peer Advisors are a small group of accomplished MCB majors who help the MCB Advising unit serve our students.  We are particularly helpful at providing advice on how to cultivate excellent study habits that will help students be successful MCB majors. We are also great at giving advice on fun and useful general education courses, electives and advanced MCB courses.  We are available at the beginning of the semester and during registration to help you make changes to your schedule or generally navigate the Enterprise registration system.  Please read our profiles and become familiar with us .  We look forward to seeing you during MCB Express Advising hours.


Ashley Mathews Name: Ashley Mathews
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors and Psychology
Minor(s): Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150, MCB 354 MCB
Advanced Courses taken: MCB 354, MCB 317, NEUR 413
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: CLCV 115, CHLH 260
Favorite Place to Study: Lincoln Classrooms, Beckman Atrium
Hobbies/Interests: Volunteering, playing instruments, watching awesome TV shows (Game of Thrones, Brooklyn 99, Parks and Rec), and watching basketball (GO BULLS!!)
Research: I’ve done research in Dr. Vivian Tang’s lab in the department of Cellular and Developmental Biology, and I am currently in Dr. Erik Nelson’s lab, which does research regarding breast and ovarian cancer.


Lauren MazurkiewiczName: Lauren Mazurkiewicz
Major(s):Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors Concentration
Minor(s): German and Chemistry
Career Goals: Biomedical Research
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 252 and MCB 354
MCB Advanced Courses taken: MCB 300
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: MUS 133 and PLPA 200
Favorite Place to Study: ACES Library or Natural History Building
Hobbies/Interests: Flute, piano, running and reading
Research: I am a member of Dr. Stadmueller’s lab, a new lab on campus in the biochemistry department that studies the structures of secretory antibodies.


Kevin Stehlik Name: Kevin Stehlik
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors
Minor(s): Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 354 & MCB 252
MCB Advanced Courses taken: MCB 410 & BIOC 455
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: ANTH 180 & CHLH 260
Favorite Place to Study: In my room at my apartment or at Flying Machine Avionics 
Hobbies/Interests: Coffee, exercising, watching movies, coming up with surprises, watching Formula One racing, and training mobility service dogs! 
Research: Cloning and expression of soluble forms of alkaloid P450 monooxygenases in Cantharanthus roseus and Camptotheca acuminata in the Schuler Lab


Chen Huang Name: Chen Huang
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors Concentration Honors
Career Goals: MD/PHD program or PHD
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB251
MCB Advanced Courses taken: MCB462
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: KIN101
Favorite Place to Study: coffee shop
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, reading, knitting
Research: undergraduate researcher at Professor Rhanor Gillette’s Lab helping graduate student/post doc on the following projects; crawling behavior of Pleurobranchaea californica, RNA modification of sensitized/habituated slug Aplysia californica, anatomy of the octopus brain


Sam JoshiName: Sam Joshi
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors Concentration Honors
Minor(s): Chemistry
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 250, MCB 252
MCB Advanced Courses taken: MCB 354, MCB 317
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: ANSC 250, PLPA 200
Favorite Place to Study: Everitt, NHB, Chemistry Annex Classrooms, Union Basement
Hobbies/Interests: I love cooking and baking! I always find new recipes and try them out! In addition, I really like planning Birthday parties or random friend hangouts. I also love to travel; my goal is to visit every continent!
Research: Currently, I am working in Dr. Supriya Prasanth’s research lab. My project centers around the interaction between an E3 ligase and the Origin of Replication.


Pranathi KarumanchiName: Pranathi Karumanchi
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors
Minor(s): Psychology
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 252, MCB 354
MCB Advanced Courses taken: MCB 317, NEUR 417
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: ANTH 101, CHLH 260
Favorite Place to Study: ACES Library or Undergraduate Library
Hobbies/Interests: Reading Mystery Novels, Watching Shows on Netflix, and Volunteering
Research: Looking into the meiotic effects caused by toxicants like DEET on spermatocytes and oocytes in Qiao Lab.

Britney NaolhuName: Britney Naolhu
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150 
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: Anthropology 101, Theatre 101 
Favorite Place to Study: My room or floor lounges!
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, hiking, trying new foods, any outdoor activities, playing the piano, and escape rooms!
Research: I'm currently researching in Dr. Brenda A. Wilson's microbiology lab which investigates bacterial toxins and their delivery mechanisms.  


Brian Tibble Name: Brian Tibble
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors
Minor(s): N/A
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite MCB Core Course(s): MCB 150, MCB 250
MCB Advanced Courses taken: None (Taking MCB 401 and MCB 461 Fall 2019)
Recommended Gen Ed Courses: CHLH 260, SOC 100
Favorite Place to Study: Burrill Hall, Grainger, Law Library
Hobbies/Interests:  (if you wish to include) Playing basketball, volunteering, watching sports and TV shows.  
Research: (if applicable) I am currently in Dr. Claudio Grosman’s lab in the department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, where we focus on the relationship between the structure and function of the Cys-loop ligand-gated ion channel superfamily of nicotinic receptors.